December 22, 2000 |
After 22 years as a pediatric nurse, Maggie Dahl of Arlington, Va., decided it was time for a change. She was 53 years old, the last of her five kids was leaving the nest, and her nursing job, thanks to hospital cutbacks and outsourcing, had become more and more stressful and less and less satisfying. "It was time to think about the rest of my life," she said. So last year, Dahl enrolled in Northern Virginia Community College's cook apprenticeship program.
March 23, 2000 |
Bistro Ko: If you had to make a gross generalization about the restaurant industry, it might be that Japanese chefs switch positions far less than their French, Italian and American counterparts. Chef Koichiro Kikuchi (you can call him Chef Ko) is a prime example of Japanese-chef stability. He worked at La Boheme in West Hollywood for seven years. When he left, it wasn't to go work for someone else. It was to open his own restaurant with his wife, Akiyo.
November 24, 1999 |
Steve Reynolds met his partner, Steele Platt, working in Denver's restaurant industry in 1985. The two became friends and hooked up as business partners a decade later in Long Beach, where they devised a concept for an upscale restaurant that would serve the world's largest selection of draft beer. Their restaurant, called the Yard House, has been so successful that the pair recently expanded it to Costa Mesa. But an adjacent project--a family diner--didn't take off.
May 27, 1999 |
The Johnny Rockets Group Inc., a restaurant chain known for well-lit diners with a jukebox on every table, has tapped a new chief executive officer. Glenn Hemmerle, after little more than two years on the job, suddenly resigned Friday. He has been replaced by Michael R. Shumsky, who has 18 years of management and finance experience in the restaurant industry. Shumsky, a former president of drive-in eateries operator Sonic Corp.
May 4, 1999 |
The founders of Collins Foods International, the worldwide franchiser of Sizzler Restaurants, have given $10 million to Cal Poly Pomona's School of Hotel and Restaurant Management. The money, from Los Angeles residents James and Carol Collins, is the largest individual gift given to the university since it was founded in 1938 on land donated by cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg.
April 7, 1999 |
Half an hour before the lunch rush, the health inspector has made a surprise visit to the Daily Grill in Studio City. Flashlight and thermometer in hand, he tests the temperature of the meatloaf gravy, searches for crud under the grill and scouts the cooler for vermin that would jeopardize the bright blue "A" in the eatery's front window. But the guy in the white lab coat doesn't work for the local health department.
May 15, 1997 |
Savvy restaurant operators know that when it comes to food trends, there's rarely anything new under the sun. That's definitely the case with wraps, the trendy, burrito-like fare now popping up on restaurant menus around the country. Many diners may be seeing the sandwich-like wraps for the first time. But flat-bread items--stuffed with everything from vegetables and pork to chicken and cheese--date to the earliest of times.
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April 24, 1997 |
Pots were boiling, pastries were baking and bodies were moving Wednesday as students at Aliso Niguel High School prepared a special luncheon to announce the start of an internship program to teach students the restaurant business. Students spend 15 hours a week working at local restaurants as part of their Culinary Arts Department curriculum. They also may receive community college credit.
April 13, 1997 |
A 25-year-old Captain D's manager and his 16-year-old helper are shot to death in an apparent robbery while preparing the restaurant for Sunday lunch. In Mount Pleasant, S.C., the stabbed body of a restaurant owner is found in the kitchen of her Chinese eatery. It also was robbed. A Wisconsin teenager is charged with using a baseball bat to fatally beat the owner of a diner before grabbing her money bag and spending the loot on bowling, video games and fast food.
March 20, 1997 |
How much is a Cheeseburger in Paradise worth? Singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett and two Orange-based restaurant operators are squaring off in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles to find out. The longtime performer known for his laid-back, Key West point of view has sued Edna Bayliff and Laren Gartner, alleging that they illegally used the title of his 1978 hit single "Cheeseburger in Paradise" for the name of a popular eatery and bar on Maui that opened in 1989.